“Standing here today for those who are away”-That was the sign held by retired Marine Sgt. Chuck Lewis of Ronan, Mont., before he started walking.
At 62, former Sgt. Lewis decided that a “Forrest Gump walk” was the best way for him to honor and support his fellow warriors, both the ones who were deployed and the ones who had returned, some of them severely injured, with their longest road still ahead of them.
In March of this year, Lewis put away his sign and left Everett, Wash., on his way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., collecting donations for organizations that support wounded veterans and their families along the way.
Today, Lewis arrived in Randolph County, N.C., pushing a three-wheeled cart and recounting stories of the people he has met on his journey, including stories from widows of the fallen.
Keeping just enough cash from the donations to fund his walk, Lewis has raised over $30,000 of the $50,000 goal he set for himself when he took the first step.
Hear Sgt. Lewis in his own words. Support for his Standing for the Fallen Walk can be made online at www.walkingforthefallen.com/donate or mailed to Standing for the Fallen P.O. Box 581 Ronan, MT 59864
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